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    Is the World at War With Agriculture?

    Well, 2019 has been quite a year so far! It started with epic flooding and the wettest spring on record. It descended...

    Is Hourly Pay the Enemy of Efficiency? – Part 2

    In my last article, I discussed the challenges of motivating hourly employees to improve efficiency.  Hourly employees may miss out on overtime hours...

    Is Hourly Pay the Enemy of Efficiency?

    Motivating employees is hard! The challenge is to ensure that the employees’ goals and the company’s goals are in line. One area...

    2019 Planting Season: A Seed Company Survival Guide: May We Never See Another...

    There are countless articles each day about how farmers and commercial crops are being impacted by this delayed planting season.  Much of this...

    Never Plan for a Late Spring

    It’s bitterly cold in January, lots of rain and snow in February, March turns cold again and April starts with more rain...

    In Tough Times, Think Like a Coach, Not Like a Fan

    We’ve all done it. Our favorite team losses a close game and our first reaction is to blame the poor or biased officiating. We...

    Basketball Is a Game of Inches; Seed Is a Game of Millimeters

    Your favorite team is down by one and has the ball with the clock winding down. A shot goes up while the...

    Bud Light’s Super Bowl Ads Weren’t a Mistake and That’s Why They Are so...

    The Bud Light brand launched one of the most successful ad campaigns in recent history when “Dilly, Dilly” was revealed to the world in...

    5% Makes all the Difference

    My wife, Jen, and I love to play Scrabble. We played quite a bit before we were married and I was sure that I...

    Good Business Practices Beat Great Marketing Every Time

    Competition in the seed business is fierce. The market share battles are creating more urgency for companies to strike now. This pressure can lead...

    Niche Markets: The Cure for Low Commodity Prices

    Since 2013, U.S. row crop farmers have experienced big yields and low commodity prices. This has put significant profit pressure on those in the...

    The “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” Mentality Will Destroy Your Business

    We’ve all heard the common phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” For the life of me, I can’t figure out why anyone...

    EU Court’s Gene Editing Decision Could Limit Seed Licensing Options for U.S. Companies

    The Court of Justice of the European Union on July 25 decided that organisms obtained by mutagenesis including CRISPR and other gene editing techniques...

    Your Business is Unique, Just Like Everyone Else’s

    We’ve learned that those outside a business can give incredible insight on how to improve the company. We hold multiple operational and strategic planning sessions...

    Three Keys to a Successful Employee Appreciation Event

    Every June, we invite all our full-time employees and their families to the Wisconsin Dells. The company covers two hotel nights, provides dinner Friday...